Russell Pike

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand

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Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea at Dale Point - the mouth of the fiord - and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres or more on either side. The Sound is known as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. Rainfall can reach 250mm during a span of 24 hours creating dozens of temporary waterfalls cascading down the cliff faces.

Within the three days we spent at Milford sound with just a hand full of permanent working residents for company, I had to make the most of the conditions we were blessed with during the daytime. IR is a great choice for harsh midday light, this is when it’s about of course as getting the view of the sound was going to be a challenge with the clouds and fog just relentlessly strangling the mountains. As a break appeared while cooking my 100th pack of Indomie noodles I ran from the car park along the board walks to my chosen spot, while composing the tide was flowing and nicely surrounded me as light played on the snow capped peak and stones.

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